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Dec 8, 2014: Gift certificates are now available. They may be printed or sent by email (delayed delivery is available to have your email arrive at exactly the right time). Give the gift of electric brewing!
Nov 11, 2014: Added a recipe for Firestone Walker Double Jack. A double IPA with grapefruit and tangerine American hop aromas, accented by undertones of stone fruit and pine.
Oct 29, 2014: Texas Brewing Inc. interviews Craig Gilbreath who built our electric brewery from our kit.
Oct 25, 2014: In late 2014 Blichmann redesigned their kettles calling them the "BoilerMaker G2" and changed the standard ball valve for a proprietary "linear flow" valve. We recommend this be replaced. (Complete details and instructions)
Oct 7, 2014: Added a recipe for The Electric Pale Ale (sessionable version). This is a lower alcohol (4.3% ABV) version of our signature beer, perfect for those days when you're looking for all the flavour but don't necessarily want to feel the effects after having a few pints.
Aug 13, 2014: Added an Imperial Russian Stout recipe. A rich, deep, intensely flavoured full bodied ale with roasty, dry chocolate, almost tar-like sensations. This is a high alcohol sipping beer with rich/luxurious depth that can be aged for years.
Jul 15, 2014: Our basement brewery was featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Prime Living magazine.
Jun 7, 2014: Added a recipe for a New Zealand IPA. A combination of unique New Zealand hops produce a tropical punchbowl of flavours including passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon blanc grapes.
Apr 27, 2014: Added a recipe for Stone Enjoy By double IPA. Intense dank hoppiness, with flavours of peaches and hints of tropical fruits. Brewed and distributed to be consumed as fresh as possible to maximize the flavours produced by the medley of nine hops, including exciting new varieties such as Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin.
Apr 13, 2014: Added a recipe for Fuller's London Pride. A smooth and astonishingly complex UK beer, which has a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well developed hop flavours.
Mar 25, 2014: The Omega PTC-21 timer we use in our instructions appears to be discontinued and therefore hard to find. Use the Eagle B506-5001 timer instead. It is a direct replacement. Identical functionality and programming, no wiring changes required. Any other 90+ minute DIN 1/16 timer that can count down may also be used too of course, but the wiring and programming may be different.
Feb 28, 2014: Added two new recipes just in time for Saint Patrick's Day: A Dry Irish Stout modelled after the ever-popular Guinness, and an Irish Red Ale.
Feb 14, 2014: Added pump lubrication instructions. While the pumps come pre-lubricated from the manufacturer, they should be lubricated again every year or two.
Jan 29, 2014: We're now affiliated with Kegerator.com. Thinking of purchasing a kegerator to serve your beer? Using this link helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete list sponsor links can be found in the menus to the left.
Jan 19, 2014: Added a detailed hydrometer calibration procedure with a downloadable chart to ensure your hydrometer is accurate at multiple gravity readings.
Nov 21, 2013: We're now affiliated with Northern Brewer. Any purchases made using this link helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete list sponsor links can be found in the menus to the left.
Oct 17, 2013: The November 2013 issue of Brew Your Own magazine featured our basement bar/brewery in an article called Ultimate Brewing Man Cave.
Oct 17, 2013: Added a recipe for Russian River Pliny the Younger Triple IPA. Christened as best beer in the world by Beer Advocate in 2009, this Triple IPA has garnered a massive cult-like following over the years.
Oct 15, 2013: Added a K├Âlsch recipe. A clean, crisp, delicate beer with soft malt and hop character originally brewed only in Cologne.
Oct 14, 2013: The enclosures we include in our control panel kits are now custom made for us and result in less work for you: There is no need to move the ground post, no need to seal and sand the bottom cable plate, and no need to prime and paint as the enclosure is already professionally powder coated with an industrial flat textured charcoal/black finish.
Oct 13, 2013: A big congratulations to Norm Lecuyer and his team at Just Basements Ottawa. They've been awarded "best basement renovation" at the 2013 Ottawa Housing Design Awards with the work they did in creating our basement bar/brewery/home theater. (See pictures)
Sep 30, 2013: Tri-Clover (sometimes called Tri-Clamp) temperature probes are now available in two different lengths. See our temperature probe order page
Sep 19, 2013: We've put together a world map that shows countries where The Electric Brewery design is used. If you built our setup and your country is not listed, drop us a email.
Aug 12, 2013: We are now affiliated with ThermoWorks, makers of the highly accurate ThermaPen thermometer, perfect for calibrating your temperature probes/PIDs and all other instruments where accuracy is important.
Aug 1, 2013: We are often asked for specifics on how much it costs to brew with electricity, so we've added a breakdown of electrical costs to our FAQ.
Jul 30, 2013: Our Green Flash West Coast IPA was voted best IPA by homebrewers at a recent beer brewing competition, while our Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA placed third. Complete details here.
Jul 29, 2013: We've added a Testimonials section. If you've built a setup to our specifications or are a customer of ours, feel free to send us a picture or two along with your testimonial.
Jul 4, 2013: Added a Bohemian Pilsner recipe. A medium-bodied beer with a rich, grainy malt flavour that is complimented by a spicy and floral hop character.
Jun 29, 2013: Added a Bell's Two Hearted Ale recipe. An American style IPA that uses only Centennial hops for a hoppy, but balanced finish. Very drinkable. Considered a truly historic beer by many.
Jun 21, 2013: Added a Bell's Hopslam Imperial IPA recipe. Six different hops in the kettle topped off with a big dry-hop of Simcoe results in a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes.
May 24, 2013: Need a longer temperature probe cable? Custom lengths and replacement cables are now available. See our temperature probe order page.
May 20, 2013: We're now affiliated with Amazon.ca. Any purchases made using this link helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete list sponsor links can be found in the menus to the left.
May 8, 2013: We've posted results of our The Electric Hop Stand Pale Ale experiment along with many pictures of the competition in which it was entered.
May 8, 2013: We've always been a fan of the clean tasting American Chico yeast strain so 6 weeks ago we started an experiment comparing a popular dry version (Safale US-05) with the suggested liquid equivalent (Wyeast 1056). The experiment using two different beer styles is now complete and we've posted our results.
May 7, 2013: LoveBeerLoveFood.com has posted a review of our Electric Brewery complete with pictures. A quote: "This is the coolest, most badass homebrewing set up I’ve seen. Ever."
Apr 24, 2013: Added an Cream Ale / Standard Lager recipe. This is a crisp, clean tasting American style beer.
Apr 23, 2013: Added an English Pub Ale recipe. This is an easy drinking ale with a smooth, full-bodied malty flavour. Quaffable and refreshing. Heavily inspired by the commerical beer Boddingtons Pub Ale.
Mar 15, 2013:

We love beers with huge hop flavours and aromas so yesterday we brewed up an experiment: The Electric Hop Stand Pale Ale with absolutely no hops added during the boil, but massive hops (a full pound's worth) added after the boiland held at specific temperatures. Our control panel with advanced temperature control in the boil kettle allows this (unlike a dial-type boil control). This process is used by new popular beers like The Alchemist's Heady Topper. We took pictures in our new brewery throughout the process so that you can follow along. The recipe is here.

Mar 11, 2013: We are now affiliated with OntarioBeerKegs (OBK) who sell various homebrew supplies and stainless steel hardware to Canadians (go Canada eh!). The parts lists in our build articles have been updated with links to OBK wherever possible. Support both OBK and TheElectricBrewery by using our links. We thank you!
Feb 18, 2013: Over the last two weeks hundreds of small changes have been made to the build instructions to hopefully make them easier to use. A complete list of changes can be found in this forum thread.
Feb 14, 2013: We've been playing around with a new cloud based recipe creator and set of brewing calculators/tools that is gaining a lot of interest in the homebrew community as it is very full featured. Check out Brewer's Friend.
Jan 31, 2013: Looking to grow your own hops this year? Get in on the MoreBeer Rhizome PreSale. These always sell out fast.
Jan 28, 2013: Sales of our Complete Guide to Building your Brewery ebook are now handled by an Amazon S3 based service. Purchasing is now simplified.
Jan 14, 2013: Added a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA recipe. A spicy and rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes balanced with the dry spiciness of rye.
Blichmann has just released specialized extensions for their 55 gallon kettles to increase capacity to 100 gallons. Perfect for a small 2 barrel nanobrewery.
Nov 10, 2012: 50A control panels are now available for order completely assembled, tested, and programmed. Perfect for brewing larger 30+ gallon (1 bbl+) batches or back to back batches.
Nov 8, 2012: Interested in ordering but do not want to pay right away? Deferred payment plans are now available. Simply choose the "Bill Me Later" option at checkout.
Nov 6, 2012: MoreBeer! now carries the complete line of Blichmann products including what is still our favourite kettle: The Blichmann Boilermaker. A large percentage of our brewery parts were purchased from MoreBeer! as they carry great products and offer excellent support.
Oct 20, 2012: We wrote an article on electric brewing for the November 2012 'Tips from the pros' column of Brew Your Own magazine, on newsstands now.
Sep 3, 2012: We've posted a FAQ and detailed wiring diagrams for building a 50A control panel for back to back batches. Kits are available for order, pre-built and tested versions are coming soon.
Jul 27, 2012: We've posted a FAQ and detailed wiring diagrams for building a 50A control panel for 30+ gallons. Kits are available for order, pre-built and tested versions are coming soon.
Jul 27, 2012: Smaller HERMS coils customized for keggles and 10-15 gallon kettles are now available.
Jun 25, 2012: Added our West Coast IPA recipe. This is a beer with pungent and dank hop-aromas, blended with pine resin flavours. The combination is intense, for hop lovers only.
Jun 8, 2012: Pictures of our new 50A control panel (for brewing 1+ barrel) have been posted. We hope to have these available for order later this summer.
May 3, 2012: In 2011 we moved to a new house and then spent 6 months designing a new basment/bar/brewery/home theater. With a completely unfinished basement we were able to create something from the ground up exactly the way we wanted. Construction has now officially started. See the plans and follow the gory details right here. We'll be adding updates continuously as work progresses.
Mar 13, 2012: ElectronicProducts.com has written a short feature article on the Fundamentals of building an electric home brewery and has featured some of our pictures.
Mar 11, 2012: We've been asked a few times now by the do-it-yourself crowd if there's any way for people to test test their control panel as they build it, so we've put together some testing hints/tips.
Mar 3, 2012: Added our Munich Helles recipe. This is a clean, malt-focused German lager with a gentle, bready malt character. It's a smooth, easy-drinking beer that is often consumed by the liter.
Feb 25, 2012: Added our Blonde Ale / Premium Lager recipe. One of our house favourites. It's a big hit with everyone who tries it as there's enough malt and hop flavour to keep the beer snobs happy (we don't use any corn or rice), but it's still light enough to not scare away the Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers. A beer that just about anyone who likes beer can enjoy.
Feb 25, 2012: Added our Weizen/Weissbier recipe. This is a pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based German ale where the signature banana/clove flavour comes from the use of the unique Weihenstephan yeast.
Feb 18, 2012: We've added many new recipes including American Amber Ale, Janet's Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Pliny the Elder (IIPA), and Fuller's ESB. All available on our new Recipes page. Many more still to come!
Feb 12, 2012: Added control panel wiring changes for countries that run at 220-240V such as Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia (to name few).
Feb 8, 2012: We get asked all the time why we chose to go with discrete PIDs over some of the more automated solutions that are available today. Our FAQ answers this partially but people still keep still keep asking for more details, so we've put together an article that goes through the thought process and reasoning behind our design choice.
Dec 20, 2011: We've posted our American Barleywine recipe in our Recipes & Ingredients forum. It's been aging for 17 months now and has really turned out great! Hoppy and assertive with a strong malty backbone. It's been getting great feeback from everyone who tries it. Brew it yourself and tuck it away for a couple of years ... 
Oct 10, 2011: We brewed our new Electric IPA today. This is an American style IPA that hits you with huge waves of hop flavour and aroma. See here for the complete recipe posted in our Recipes forum. Brew it and let us know how you like it!
Oct 8, 2011: Custom HERMS Coils are now available. Professionally manufactured to our specifications, ready for use in our electric brewery setup.
Sep 27, 2011: We've completely re-written our Brew Day: Step by Step guide. It now includes much greater detail and many videos. Learn how to use The Electric Brewery by brewing a Blonde Ale step by step.
Aug 11, 2011: Heating Element Kits are now available for order either completely assembled and painted, or in DIY kit form.
Jun 23, 2011: If you pick up a copy of the New York Times newspaper today there's an article on page D1 (just below the fold) that talks about homebrewers and mentions us. It unfortunately does not include any pictures of our setup as it was in pieces at the time awaiting a move to a new house. Unfortunate timing!
May 11, 2011: We've been featured at The American Homebrewers Association (AHA), publishers of the popular Zymurgy magazine for homebrewers and beer lovers. Interested in joining and getting the free magazine? Use this link when signing up as it helps support our site. We thank you! (The AHA accept members worldwide). Zymurgy is more recipe/craft oriented while BYO magazine is more technical. We subscribe to both.
Apr 14, 2011: TheElectricBrewery.com has been featured in the 'homebrew drool systems' section of the May-June 2011 edition of Brew Your Own magazine, on newsstands now.
Apr 3, 2011: For those that want to assemble it themselves, Electric Brewery Control Panel kits are now available for order. Save time and money and get the right parts. All of our parts are also individually tested before they are shipped out to you.
Mar 29, 2011: We've been asked to be a guest this Sunday (April 3rd) on TheBrewingNetwork.com Sunday Session radio show. It'll be an (approximately) 90 minute interview/talk show with call-ins, starting at 5PM CST (8PM EST) where we'll talk about all things related to Electric Brewing. Tune in and listen and/or call in with questions.
Mar 28, 2011: Completely assembled, tested, and programmed Electric Brewery Control Panels are now available for order.
Mar 9, 2011: Three new sets of products are now available: Custom temperature probes (either pre-assembled or in DIY kit form), control panel power cords, and control panel wiring kits. Complete details can be found on our Products page.
Mar 1, 2011: Large black anodized heat sinks are nearly impossible to find at reasonable prices. We've partnered with a manufacturer to purchase these custom heat sinks in volume and then professionally anodized them in batches to reduce the cost. Complete details can be found on our new Products page.
Feb 14, 2011: The Complete Guide to Building Your Home Brewery is now available for immediate download. Over 350 pages of detailed step by step instructions with hundreds of pictures and diagrams.
Feb 2, 2011: Added PID controller and Omega PTC-21 timer programming instructions. This makes the 'Building you Brewery' section complete.
Feb 1, 2011: We're introducing two new ways to keep tabs on what's new at TheElectricBrewery.com with our new Facebook Page, and Twitter feed. If you're a fan of Facebook, make sure to friend us today. Twitter followers can reach us at @ElectricBrewery.
Jan 22, 2011: We've had a lot of requests from people for Electric Brewery aprons, t-shirts, beer mugs, etc., so we've set up a new store.
Jan 18, 2011: Added a Parts List for Using Your Brewery. It's a list of all the extra items you'll need to use (as opposed to build) your brewery.
Jan 18, 2011: Added an optional water hose to the Hoses article. This extra hose provides an easy way to fill the Hot Liquor Tank with cold water for brewing directly from a faucet. If you use city water like us, you will find this water hose useful. The parts required have also been added to our Parts List for Building.
Jan 16, 2011: We're offering an alternate method for cutting the 22mm holes in the control panel which results in cleaner, perfectly centered holes with the least amount of work. It involves using a GreenLee 1/2" conduit punch to make the 7/8" (22mm) holes instead of exclusively using a GreenLee 36414 1-3/8" step drill bit. This is now our recommended method for creating the control panel 22mm holes, especially if you do not own a drill press. See here for complete details.
Dec 30, 2010: We are currently in the process of working with a manufacturer in the US to help us build and sell our Electric Brewery setups to other passionate brewers. Stay tuned to our newsletter  for more information.
Dec 25, 2010: The M16x1.5 metric temperature probe we used in our Boil Kettle has been replaced with a slightly smaller M14x1.5 probe that now includes a silicone washer and a stainless steel nut. The M16x1.5 probe is no longer available. A slightly smaller GreenLee 9/16" round chassis punch is now required. The Boil Kettle build instructions and Parts List for Building have been updated to reflect this change.
Dec 20, 2010: We've added a Parts List for Building to make it easier for readers to see a complete list of parts we used to build our Electric Brewery. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has also been added to cover some of the most commonly asked questions.
Dec 15, 2010: We've added a discussion forum where you can talk to other brewers about all things brewing related. Enjoy!
Dec 9, 2010: Added a Grain Mill article. Find out what sort of grain mill to use with your Electric Brewery.
Dec 3, 2010: Added a Newsletter sign-up page. The newsletter is sent out every few weeks and includes a list of what's new on the site. Sign up today to not miss out on updates.
Nov 24, 2010: Added an About Us page as people keep asking about our background.
Nov 23, 2010: Added a Control Panel (Safe start interlock) article. A safe start interlock only allows the control panel to power up if the pump and element switches are all in the OFF position. This interlock will also ensure that if power is ever cut, the pumps and elements will stay off until the operator turns them off and then resets the power. Adding a safe start interlock avoids harming the pumps, heating elements, and the operator. 
 Nov 22, 2010: Added this What's New page to make it easier for visitors to keep track of new additions to the site.